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CQC fines Merseyside nursing home £4,000 for failure to meet National Standards

Published:
17 September 2014
Categories:
  • Media,
  • Care homes with nursing

A care provider which had failed repeatedly to comply with national standards, relating to the safe administration and management of medicines, has been issued with a fine totalling £4,000 by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

CQC has issued a fixed penalty notice to Amrit Limited following a series of inspections at Safe Harbour Dementia Care Home in Bebington, Merseyside.

An inspection in October 2013 identified concerns regarding the processes in place to ensure that people living at the home were protected against the risks associated with the unsafe use and management of medicines

A warning notice was served to the provider on 5 December 2013 requiring them to address the issues as a matter of urgency.  However, when inspectors returned on 19 February 2014 and 2 June 2014, the necessary improvements had not been made. In light of this continued failure to meet the legally required national standards, CQC has issued a fixed penalty notice of £4000, which the provider has accepted and paid.  

CQC has since re-inspected and continue to have concerns. Should the required improvements not be made CQC has a range of enforcement powers which include restricting the services that a provider can offer, or, in the most serious cases, suspending or cancelling a service.

The reports from CQC's inspections in February and June 2014 have been published on the CQC website. 

Debbie Westhead, CQC's Deputy Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care in the North said:

"It is the provider's legal duty to ensure that they have appropriate arrangements in place to manage medicines in a safe way and to ensure that people living at the home receive effective and safe care.

"We inspected Safe Harbour Dementia Care Home in October 2013 and found concerns about the management of medicine.

"It was unacceptable that following two subsequent visits we found that residents were still not receiving medication properly, in line with legal requirements.

"The decision to fine this provider sends a clear message that we will not tolerate poor care and will act when concerns are identified to ensure the safety of people who use care services.

"We are monitoring Safe Harbour Dementia Care Home closely to check on their progress and if the required improvements have not been met we will consider the use of further enforcement action."

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For further information please contact the CQC press office can be contacted on 0207 448 9401 or out of hours on 07917 232 143.

Last updated:
30 May 2017

Notes to editors

You can find reports on this provider here.

 

CQC has issued a fixed penalty notices to Amrit Limited, for its failure to meet:  

  • Regulation 13 Health and Social Care Act (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2010, Medicines Management.

Under the Health and Social Care Act 2008, CQC can serve a penalty notice when a registered person has failed to comply with the Act, and we consider that swiftly achieving compliance without beginning proceedings is a realistic alternative to prosecution.

 

Any fixed penalty paid to CQC must be repaid by CQC to the Secretary of State.  The legal requirements and associated fines are set out here.

 

CQC has a range of enforcement powers which include restricting the services that a provider can offer, or, in the most serious cases, suspending or cancelling a service. CQC can also issue financial penalty notices and cautions or prosecute the provider for failing to meet essential standards.   Any regulatory decision that CQC takes is open to challenge by a registered person through a variety of internal and external appeal processes.


About the Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of health and social care in England.


We make sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care and we encourage care services to improve.


We monitor, inspect and regulate services to make sure they meet fundamental standards of quality and safety and we publish what we find to help people choose care.